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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Curnow. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Curnow family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Curnow is a local type of surname and the Curnow family lived in the county of Cornwall in southwest England.

Curnow Early Origins



The surname Curnow was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Curnow Spelling Variations


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Curnow Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Cornwall, Cornelle, Cornell, Cornwell, Cornewall, Cornal, Cornale, Cornevale, Carnwell, Carnewell, Carnville, Carnevale, Cornhall, Cornehall, Cornhale, Cornwale, Curnow (from native Cornish word) and many more.

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Curnow Early History


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Curnow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curnow research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1513, 1601, 1452, 1467, 1581, 1659, 1613, 1644, 1842, 1605, 1675, 1610, 1662, 1632, 1673, 1660, 1662, 1655, 1698, 1692, 1693, 1689, 1698, 1654, 1717, 1685, 1689, 1468, 1537, 1502, 1503, 1514, 1515, 1505, 1506, 1515, 1516, 1519, 1520 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Curnow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Curnow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Curnow Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Cornwall, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1452 and 1467; Jane Cornwallis (1581-1659), an English lady whose private correspondence (1613-1644) were published in 1842, mother of Frederick Cornwallis; Thomas Cornwallis ( c. 1605-1675), an English politician and colonial administrator, one of the first Commissioners...

Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curnow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Curnow In Ireland


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Curnow In Ireland



Some of the Curnow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curnow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Curnow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Andrew Curnow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • George Curnow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Mary Ann Curnow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • Thomas Curnow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curnow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Curnow, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Martha Curnow, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Zachariah Curnow, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • John Curnow, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • John H. Curnow, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Curnow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Curnow (post 1700)



  • James Curnow, well known American music composer for concert bands, brass bands, vocal and instrumental solos & ensembles
  • Bob Curnow, American musician
  • T. A. Curnow, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1920
  • Neil Stephen Curnow (b. 1982), English cricketer
  • Jack L. Curnow (b. 1910), English professional footballer
  • Andrew William Curnow, Australian ninth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo in regional Victoria
  • Rupert Colman Curnow (1898-1950), Australian politician
  • Alan Curnow, British former racing driver
  • Thomas Allen Munro Curnow ONZ CBE (1911-2001), New Zealand poet and journalist
  • Edward Curnow (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer

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Curnow Historic Events


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Curnow Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Samson J Curnow, British Ordinary Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: La Vie Durante
Motto Translation: During life.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Curnow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curnow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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